Friday, February 28, 2014

Introducing Monthly Read-A-Longs!





Hello all!
I am so excited to share something with you!
Elyssa Marie from Books and Iced Coffee
and Thinks Books (me) have decided to create...

Books and Iced Coffee
and Thinks Books
Monthly Read-A-Longs!!
(click above link to go to SIGNUP PAGE)




As you may have guessed, our first victim  choice is

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) 
by Alexandra Bracken!

The Darkest Minds When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


The Darkest Minds Read-A-Long is for March!

March 1 - March 31, 2014.

March 1-8: Ch 1-8
March 9-15: Ch 9-17
March 16-22: Ch 18-26
March 23-31: Ch 27-31


We are working on building a Goodreads group at the moment.
It should be up and running soon!
If you want to receive a SPECIAL INVITE
for the Beta Run of the Goodreads group,
please email me!
The more people the better!
Also, always feel free to email with any questions!

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Book Blogger Hop #24: Book Requests


Hello all!
Welcome to the Book Blogger Hop,
hosted by
Just answer the weekly question!


Question:
Have you ever stopped accepting books from either
authors or publishers to try to catch up?
If not, do you think you ever would?

Answer:
I did stop accepting new books on my blog at one point,
just because I was getting overwhelmed thinking I could read every book!
I never stopped requesting through Netgalley/Edelweiss though!
So, I kind of defeated my own purpose. 
I have accepted I will never read every book I want,
and that sucks!






Thursday, February 27, 2014

Review: Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Sword by Resa Nelson

Astrid The Dragonslayers BlacksmithTitle: Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith
Author: Resa Nelson
Published: Dec 10, 2013
Format: Ebook; 109pg
Source: Author
Purchase:
Amazon

Synopsis:

Astrid constantly worries about her place in the village of Guell. She loves being the apprentice of Guell’s blacksmith, Temple. But Temple bought her from a childseller many years ago, which means Astrid has no blood kin in Guell. If anything should happen to Temple she’s likely to lose her home, her work, and her sweetheart, DiStephan, the dragonslayer’s son.

One day Astrid’s worst fear comes true when Temple and DiStephan fail to return from a short journey to a nearby village. A teenage boy named Finehurst arrives in Guell, claiming to be Temple’s nephew and rightful heir – and insisting that he saw Temple and DiStephan killed by a dragon. The villagers are divided in their opinion of Finehurst, but Astrid is soon thrown out of her own home, desperate to find a way to regain it. Before the dragonslayer goes in search of his missing son DiStephan and Astrid’s mentor Temple, he sets forth a challenge for Finehurst and Astrid to prove their blacksmithing skills by forging a dagger. Normally, Astrid would be confident, but the village’s iron supplies are so low that she doesn’t know how she can possibly make a dagger that can prove her worth.

Astrid, The Dragonslayer’s Blacksmith is an all new mini novel that takes place in Resa Nelson’s Dragonslayer world (the 4-book series includes The Dragonslayer’s Sword, The Iron Maiden, The Stone of Darkness, and The Dragon’s Egg). Appropriate for adults and teens, ages 14 and up.


I just love the world Resa Nelson has created with the Dragonslayer series! I read all of the Dragonslayer books and loved them and the same is true with this mini-novel.

In Astrid, the Dragonslayer's Blacksmith, we re-visit the character of Astrid. When she was a child, Astrid was sold to the Village of Guell's blacksmith, Temple. Luckily, Temple was a good man and took her into his home and taught her everything he knew about blacksmithing. Temple even taught Astrid the secret to making a strong Dragonslayer's sword, a secret Astrid protects fiercely.

One day, Temple and the local Dragonslayer's son, DiStephan, embark on a journey to retrieve Temple's nephew, Finehurst, from a close village. Finehurst brings nothing but trouble with him and the news of a dragon attacking and killing Temple and DiStephan! Of course, Astrid is highly suspicious of Finehurst, and seeks the truth she knows he is refusing to share...

I wouldn't say this story is high octane, but it is enjoyable to read. Especially, if you are a fan of Nelson's Dragonslayer series. I really empathized with Astrid as she lost everything that was rightfully hers. And I nearly shouted with glee as she figured out a solution to the iron shortage problem. The only thing that even bugged me was that the synopsis gave so much of the story away. But, hey, that is no big problem at all.

5 stars to Astrid, The Dragonslayer's Blacksmith!

Think Out Loud #85: Thunderstruck!


Hello all!
Welcome to my meme,
It's a great way to do something new on your blog!
Try it! It's addictive...


Ok. When I saw this I about fell out of my chair 
because it is just SO AWESOME!
You must watch this!

2CELLOS performing Thunderstruck!!

There, didn't that make you smile?!?






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tour: Descending by Indi Martin

Welcome to the Blog Tour for the newest addition
to the Gina Harwood series,
You can buy it on Amazon HERE!!

The following is an Excerpt!

DescendingAn animalistic keening sound erupted, loud and alien. Startled, Gina dropped the phone with a loud clatter, watching helplessly as the battery and backplate skidded across the floor and the comforting screen light blinked out of existence. “SHIT,” she cried, noticing with frustration that her voice had no issues being loud and clear now. The cry sounded out again, a long whine following by an inhuman click-hiss. Gina whipped her head around, scanning behind her for the source of the noise, while her feet propelled her backwards toward the hole.

BAM! She heard the sound and saw the bedroom door reverberate from the force of whatever hit it. BAM! Turning her head, she saw her front door also straining against something trying to force its way in. Her body hit the wall with a soft thud and her fingers ran their way along the portal’s nearest ragged edges. The air beyond the wall was neither warm nor cold, nor thick as she’d expected from the impenetrable blackness. It felt like nothing at all.



And now, a wonderful Guest Post from Author, Indi Martin!

On Discovering the Journey Alongside the Reader: Writing Descending 
By Indi Martin

Gina Harwood is no stranger to unusual situations, having survived the bizarre and life-changing cases in Behind the Veil, the first Gina Harwood novel. This series is a true labour of love for me, having grown close to the characters within. They feel like they have a life of their own, and I’m often left wondering what they get up to when I’m not typing out their stories. Even when I am “in control,” they seem to take on a life of their own, turning corners I didn’t expect them to turn and making decisions that flaunt my carefully crafted outlines.
I particularly love exploring this Lovecraftian urban fantasy world because of my father. An avid reader and author himself, he introduced me to the world of science fiction, fantasy, and horror at an age that most other parents were pushing Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High, though I enjoyed those as well. Few fathers would hand their ten year old a Robert Heinlein novel, but he understood, even then, that I was yearning for deeper themes and more action in my novels. He helped me through the Lord of the Rings trilogy after I devoured the Hobbit, and together we never looked back. Book after book, series after series, he would wait patiently as I clambered through the pages before excitedly discussing the worlds he remembered. There are so many stories we wish we could read again for the first time, appreciating fully the celebration of discovery and the agony of suspense. I think he relived those first times through my eyes, and much of my adult work I lay at his feet in gratitude.
I’ll be honest, though. As an author, Descending presented me with a problem. I had this massive arc created, but as they seem wont to do, the characters chose their own paths. It significantly changed the storyline I had originally intended (for the better, I believe), and in doing so, meant that the arc needed to extend far beyond the initial outline. Thus, Descending is akin to the Two Towers, or the Empire Strikes Back, and I can’t apologize for that. It’s dark, it’s gritty, I believe it will keep you turning the pages until the end - but Gina chose a path that needed to continue. And what a path it is! I’m deep into the third novel and thankful for the unseen hand that pushed her beyond her limits, beyond even those limits I felt she had as the author of the piece.
I hope you have as much fun exploring the world as I have had in putting the words to paper - I would say, “creating it,” but it created itself. I was merely the medium.

Descending: A Gina Harwood Novel is available now in both Kindle and Paperback editions.


AUTHOR INFORMATION

Panic Infected with terminal wanderlust, artist, author, and traveler Indi Martin spent her childhood voraciously devouring fantasy and science fiction alongside her father. She is perhaps best known for her graphic novel serial "Dissolution," as well as penning the paranormal mystery/urban fantasy Gina Harwood novels. She maintains the Author Blog Red Ink on Goodreads. Indi currently resides in Maryland. She is a founding member of Tortoise and Hare Creations.
Described as a cross between the X-Files and Call of Cthulhu, the second title in Indi Martin’s Gina Harwood promises even more suspense and surreal action! In Descending, Gina discovers a mysterious portal in an ordinary wall that leads somewhere few humans were meant to go, while a group of friends set out to make a music video in a creepy old house that goes terribly, horribly wrong. Book 2 in the Gina Harwood Series.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

PanicTitle: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Published: March 4, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Ebook; 416pg
ISBN: 0062014552
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Synopsis:

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.


Panic. It's a game of facing fear and winning the jackpot. In the tiny town of Carp, there is really nothing else to do, no hope to ever leave. For people like Heather and Dodge that feel they have nothing left to lose, Panic is everything.

Heather lives in the Fresh Pines mobile home park with her little sister Lily and her very messed up mother, Krista. Heather didn't intend to join Panic. But she did and it's not exactly something you can get out of once you're in. Dodge Mason has been waiting for his Senior year just so that he could join Panic. Several years ago his sister participated and never walked away, so Dodge is out for revenge.

I loved the character of Heather. Her growth was remarkable as she struggles to maintain her grip on things. Dodge was an unlikely favorite as well. Although, his motives remained the same throughout the novel, he did eventually grow some. Bishop was another character I enjoyed reading about because of his struggles as well. Nat, Heather's best friend, got on my nerves a bit, but still was an interesting character.

Panic is a fresh, innovative and heart-pounding novel. I absolutely LOVED this book. Lauren Oliver is a fantastic writer. I already knew this from reading Delirium, but she set the bar even higher with Panic. This story is so fast-paced and exciting! Panic is one of my new favorite books.

Overall, this novel is Perfect and one of the best books I have read in a long time!

5 stars to Panic!

Teaser Tuesday #38: Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott


Hello all!
Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by
Just share a teaser from your current read.
Super fun and easy!


"It's August, which means exactly two things:
A) it's a new semester in the holloway household,
and B) Mom's on a steady diet of overeagerness.
And maybe crack."


This Teaser is from


Fire and Flood A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?


Monday, February 24, 2014

Tour: Masked (New World #2) by Janelle Stalder

Hello all!
Welcome to my stop on the 
Masked Blog Tour!!
Masked is the second installment in 
the New World series by Janelle Stalder.


MaskedTitle: Masked (New World #2)
Author: Janelle Stalder
Publish Date: Feb 25, 2014
Format: Ebook
Source: Author

Synopsis:

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.

New Berlin, 2040. Rebels prepare to fight against the New World Order, bent on bringing down the world’s greatest tyrant. One girl wanted nothing to do with it, content to keep her head down and make the best of this new world. That is, until she has no choice but to work with the rebels and infiltrate the NWO headquarters. Every moment she spends there puts her in danger, especially when one man, the second in command to the New World leader, continues to make his way into her every thought. She must stay focused and protect not just her mind and body, but also her heart. Will she be able to complete her task without being unmasked? Or will the one man standing in her way ruin it all?


My Review for Switch (New World #1) is HERE.

This is NOT a YA book. This is a very GRAPHIC romance novel! I know I usually review YA, so I just wanted to make that clear. It is also the second book in the New World series, so I will try to write a non-spoiler review. So, please forgive if things are a bit vague!

I loved the contrast of the hard-ass edge of Charlotte to the innocence of Bridgette. Even though they are sisters they are complete opposites. It's amazing to me that Bridgette was able to stay under cover for so long playing Weapon X. Especially with Roman around, seeing as how they are so magnetized to each other! Roman was an interesting character, full of mystery. I would have like to have known more, but the character development tended to focus more on relationships than individual characters.

Masked left me with an inner battle about how to write this review. I understand that this is not a Young Adult novel and there are different expectations from the audience. The plot was solid but got lost a lot with the other aspects of the novel being more prevalent. In my opinion, when it is a life or death situation and all a character talks about is how they want to lick beads of sweat off another one, it gets a bit unbelievable. The sexual content in this book was not needed because the story was strong enough without it.

Overall, Masked was a great read. Just outside of my comfort zone.

4 stars to Masked.


AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Janelle Stalder Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she's not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.

Facebook: Janelle Stalder
Twitter: @jmstalder

Other publications by this author include:




Sunday, February 23, 2014

Showcase Sunday #26 - Stacking the Shelves #3


Hello all!
Welcome to my wrap-up!
This includes Showcase Sunday,
a meme hosted by


This post is also for
Stacking the Shelves,
hosted by Tynga's Reviews!




I am so excited that I was approved through Netgalley for this book!


Fire and Flood A modern day thrill ride, where a teen girl and her animal companion must participate in a breathtaking race to save her brother's life—and her own.

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she's helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It's an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother's illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can't trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?


I also just received some books I purchased!
I just love new books!


Rush (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

Dark Star (Dark Star #1) by Bethany Frenette


 Yay for books!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Tour: All Of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson


Hello all!
Welcome to the Blog Tour for 
by the wonderful
Resa Nelson!

I have worked with Resa several times and read the entire
Dragonslayer series that she wrote. (Which I loved)
I haven't read All of Us Were Sophie yet,
but am totally dying to do so!
So, here is some info about the book and then
a magnificent Guest Post from Resa!
Check it out!


All of Us Were Sophie by Resa Nelson

All of Us Were Sophie What if the only way you could save your own life was to kill yourself?
Someone is trying to kill Sophie Rippetoe, and she has no place to hide. But Sophie has a unique option. Her husband designed and built a duplicator machine to make exact copies of complicated and sophisticated machine parts. She knows how the duplicator works.
Will it work for people? No one knows.
There’s just one problem: the duplication process destroys the original. The only thing Sophie knows for sure is that trying to make copies of herself will end up killing her.
Sophie isn’t sure who’s trying to kill her or why – but she has her suspicions and has gathered some evidence. Before she takes the leap of faith to use the duplicator on herself, she creates a trail of clues, hopeful that at least one of the Sophies she creates will figure it out in time to save herself.


GUEST POST!!

What Would You Do If You Could Copy Yourself?
By Resa Nelson

What would you do if you could make copies of yourself?

Like many people, I often feel overwhelmed to the point where I wish I had more of me.  Instead of feeling pulled in so many different directions by so many different people, I could split up tasks and responsibilities among however many “me”s existed.  The goal would be to lessen the load for all of us so we could get some rest and maybe even have some fun.

That’s what first gave me the idea for my newest novel, All Of Us Were Sophie, a murder mystery about a woman who duplicates herself because she doesn’t know who’s trying to murder her, and the killer is quickly closing in.

I like to research my novels before I write them.  Luckily, one of my friends (who’s also a science fiction writer) is a scientist.  He was kind enough to share his opinion on how human duplication could be accomplished.  (And to be clear, I’m talking about instant duplication, not cloning.  If you cloned yourself, you’d get a baby with your DNA.  If you duplicated yourself, you’d get exact copies of who you are right now, complete with your personality and life experience.) One thing he said both startled me and convinced me to write this novel:  the process of duplication would destroy the original.

That means my main character Sophie knows that if she makes copies of herself she’ll be killed by the process.  If she does nothing, her would-be murderer will corner her and her life will end.  On the other hand, if she chooses to make copies of herself, the duplicating machine will kill her.  Either way, her days are numbered.  But if she makes copies of herself, at least one of the Sophies is likely to escape the killer stalking her.  Sophie rationalizes that if one of her copies lives, she will continue to live through that copy.

But if more than one of the Sophies escapes the killer, then how do they split up the life that Sophie has created for herself?  It’s the perfect second chance to re-think her life.  Make different choices.  Even take steps toward the life Sophie thinks she could have had if she’d taken a different path.

Which begs the question: if you could make copies of yourself (and live instead of being destroyed by the duplication process), would you do it?  If so, how would you split up your life – or would you let one of your copies take over the life you have now so you can start a new one?


Resa Nelson Resa Nelson’s first novel, The Dragonslayer’s Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series, which also includes The Iron Maiden (Book 2), The Stone of Darkness (Book 3), and The Dragon’s Egg (Book 4).
Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
She has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Resa lives in Massachusetts.

Visit her website at http://www.resanelson.com 
and follow her on Twitter @ResaNelson.

Purchase All Of Us Were Sophie 
Or, if you are feeling lucky,
there is currently a 
for Signed copies of
All of Us Were Sophie!

You can find the Blog Tour schedule HERE!
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